Striker wants Eagles to be smarter on pitch after Liverpool defeat
CAMERON Jerome thinks Crystal Palace’s players need to be bit smarter than they were during the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Anfield.
The Palace striker believes his team were naïve with their attacking approach as Ian Holloway’s men were left with a mountain to climb having leaked three first half goals.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring before further efforts from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard all but ended the game as a contest before half-time.
Dwight Gayle headed a consolation for the Eagles, but Jerome said the players need to take responsibility for the first half after Palace’s sixth defeat in seven Premier League games.
Jerome said: “Liverpool are a great side and we came with a game plan to have ago at them.
“In the first half we were a little bit naïve and tried to go toe-to-toe with them at times - that was the undoing of us.
“We came with a game plan to cause them problems and we felt we did but we conceded two goals where we could have done a little bit better.
“Then there was there decision for the penalty (after Dean Moxey’s foul on Raheem Sterling).
“Whether it was a foul or whether it was in the box, when you’re at the bottom those things don’t go for you.
“We showed great courage, spirit and belief just to keep going and the manager said to us just keep playing no matter what.”
The Palace striker added: “We shuffled the pack a bit in the second half and solidified ourselves and gave it a good go.
“We can take some positives out of that second half performance, but the first half we have got to wise up to what this league is about and we can’t stand toe-to-toe with teams away from home.
“As players we have to use our knowledge of the game and football intelligence and realise when the danger is. We probably could have used our heads a bit more.
“We know how the gaffer plays, he’s not scared to go anywhere and have a go at anyone but it’s just the case of doing it at the right times and in the right areas.”
Despite falling 3-0 behind in the first half on Saturday, the visitors had a number of chances which they couldn’t convert.
But while he was disappointed with Palace’s inability to find the net in the first half, Jerome thinks the second half performance display at least showed signs of encouragement for Holloway’s men.
The 27-year-old said: “We went and had a go and had a couple of half chances.
“There was a little bit of unfortunate luck in their box where they got the luck of the ricochet and rub of the green.
“The shot I hit which hit Kebe and then the keeper made a good reaction save before Puncheon missed the rebound, on another day that could have gone in the net.
“We have got to take the positives out of the second half.”
The defeat leaves Palace with just three points heading into the international break with only Sunderland below them in the table.
Jerome believes it’s important for the players to regroup quickly and start picking up some wins or the Eagles will be staring at relegation back to the Championship.
He said: “At training the boys are getting to grips with one another and how each other plays and how people respond to different things.
“The more time we gel together and train together the better we are going to be but we can’t wait weeks and months for that to happen otherwise we are going to keep losing games.
“We have a little bit of a break now so we can gather and regroup and get some good training and we are looking forward to the Fulham game.”
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